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  • RMXtreme 19 Jun 2011 16:25:06 3,145 posts
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    A bit surprised there isn't a thread for this yet.

    "FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force."

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    The reviews are mostly positive so far.

    It debuts tonight.
  • RevanEleven 19 Jun 2011 16:32:29 2,076 posts
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    Yes, saw a trailer during Dexter, looked interesting.
  • TechnoHippy 19 Jun 2011 16:39:22 14,698 posts
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    RMXtreme wrote:
    It debuts tonight.

    Not over here it doesn't :-( Although only a month or so to wait, been looking forward to this for a while.

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  • JayG 19 Jun 2011 17:23:32 833 posts
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    Kinda put off watching off it as every program I watch tends to get cancelled as soon as it get's good.
  • Red-Moose 19 Jun 2011 17:35:32 5,346 posts
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    Looks great, need some new scifi after Bab 5

    /cries
  • Deleted user 19 June 2011 18:47:14
    To be honest, doubt it will get past season 1. Great premise, but you have to look at it from a point of view of budget and what they can do with it.

    Basically it's ragtag humans versus an alien force thats wiped out a large portion of the world military.

    It has the same problem that Walking Dead is running into; nowhere to go. In fact it has a walking dead feel to it except with aliens.

    I honestly think the problem with so many series not lasting these days is the creators not actually planning beyond the trailer or first season. Sure, you may never get past that first season, but don't tell the story that way - Babylon 5 was planned for four series even though going past 12 episodes was never certain, and in the end Strazynski (yes I know, spelling) had to tack on another season, several films and change where one episode went.

    Babylon 5, arguably one of the most succesful series of the past twenty years, didn't run into problems until the shitty Rangers spin off....and it was shitty because the scope was too big - all they had to do was singlehandedly save mankind and stop the universe shooting itself to bits.

    Game of Thrones has the books to follow, and in the time it will take to do all the books the actual book series should finish. Again, they are plotting over time.

  • Khanivor 19 Jun 2011 19:47:16 40,399 posts
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    Gonna be setting the DVR to record this. I like having oen show end, (The Killing) and a new show start up right after.

    I hope it turns out well. Entertainment Tonight says it has proimse and I trust their reviews.

    It sure sounds more promising than Terra Nova.
  • Scurrminator 19 Jun 2011 20:27:06 8,386 posts
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    Walking dead has everywhere to go. The source material has enough plots, characters and so on for a lot of seasons.
    It's at around 85 issues as of right now; season 1 used about 4 - 6 comics worth.

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  • Scurrminator 19 Jun 2011 20:30:16 8,386 posts
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    HappyHaunt wrote:
    Babylon 5, arguably one of the most succesful series of the past twenty years

    Lol!!! Really!?
    Says you and ten other people. Where is this successometer you speak of?
    Star Trek, Lost, the X files, Buffy, BSG all say hello by the way.

    You dare to strike Scurrcules!?

  • freedumb 19 Jun 2011 20:33:30 1,110 posts
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    Walking dead has everywhere to go. The source material has enough plots, characters and so on for a lot of seasons.
    It's at around 85 issues as of right now; season 1 used about 4 - 6 comics worth.

    But ultimately we're still talking about a silly zombie storyline here. They (zombie tales in general) only have limited places where they can go. Complete apocalypse or minimalist survivors fighting a no win battle or some kind of nuke that wipes out all zombies.

    HappyHaunt wrote:
    To be honest, doubt it will get past season 1. Great premise, but you have to look at it from a point of view of budget and what they can do with it.



    It has the same problem that Walking Dead is running into; nowhere to go. In fact it has a walking dead feel to it except with aliens.

    And yet interesting series like Rubicon get cancelled when it actually has places it can go, but because MOAR ZOMBIEESS YEAAAHHHHH!!!! pull in the ratings, stuff like Walking dead is more likely to get renewed.


    I've seen the previews of Falling Skies, again looks slickly produced but I'm also a bit jaded with the whole alien invasion thing :/
  • JayG 19 Jun 2011 22:03:48 833 posts
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    I liked rubicon, shame terriers got cancelled too. Kinda makes me feel like giving up watching anything that has less then 3 series. And babylon 5 did get 5 series, pretty good going for such a hardcore sci fi story.
  • RMXtreme 19 Jun 2011 22:34:02 3,145 posts
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    You didn't retro-actively like Rubicon or Terriers less because they got canceled though, right? Would I have like to so more of Rubicon? Sure, but the ratings didn't come close to justifying renewal; same for Terriers.

    And it's airing on TNT which apparently aired the last season of Babylon 5; so unless it bombs I'm expecting 2 seasons minimum.

    And if you think an alien invasion scenario has nowhere to go you are seriously lacking imagination.
  • Gambit1977 19 Jun 2011 23:54:28 9,583 posts
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    Scurrminator wrote:
    HappyHaunt wrote:
    Babylon 5, arguably one of the most succesful series of the past twenty years
    Lol!!! Really!?
    Says you and ten other people. Where is this successometer you speak of?
    Star Trek, Lost, the X files, Buffy, BSG all say hello by the way.
    The SFX were done on a C64 so it's possible it made a profit ;)

    The second and third season are some of the best genre tv I've ever seen. I have to admit giving up on it though, but what with the direct to video movies etc, it clearly had a large fanbase.
  • Machetazo 20 Jun 2011 11:32:55 6,372 posts
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    HappyHaunt wrote:
    Basically it's ragtag humans versus an alien force thats wiped out a large portion of the world military.

    It has the same problem that Walking Dead is running into; nowhere to go. In fact it has a walking dead feel to it except with aliens.

    In the trailer it made me think of what a cross between Resistance (PS3) and Terminator might end up like!
    On Walking Dead, one of the strengths it has, that I think can sustain it, is the human element they include. From the way FS appeared in the trailer, I too, thought of Walking Dead almost instantly. This doesn't look bad though, but I'm not convinced it will last for long.
  • Whizzo 20 Jun 2011 11:44:16 43,036 posts
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    I'll give it an episode or two more but I'm a bit unconvinced about it two things that struck me as glaringly strange was the survivors don't seem too careful milling about in broad daylight and if the Skitters aren't too fussed about hundreds of people roaming the post-apocalypse why are they bothering to set traps at armouries and food stores?

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  • Gambit1977 20 Jun 2011 12:40:11 9,583 posts
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    Yeah I noticed that. It's also extremely schmaltzy and everyone is perfect. The music is also really naff. I'm going to stick with it, but it harks back to the days of Seaquest DSV and that hulk hogan series a bit too much.
  • Gambit1977 21 Jun 2011 19:09:06 9,583 posts
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    Watched this again with some folk to see if my opinion would change, or if they enjoyed it. Consensus is still fail. It's pure American schmaltz. And the stereotypes and writing as well as 'that' music is just guff.

    What a huge disappointment :(
  • ronuds 21 Jun 2011 19:27:39 21,788 posts
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    I thought it was pretty bad. The CGI budget looks like it was about $10 - and the aliens, like in a lot of other alien movies/shows, fall into the same traps as usual. Why are they always so stupid?

    I also concur with the other complaint - that they have camps in broad daylight. All seems too convenient.

    The doctor -- and seemingly all the other female survivors -- were pretty hot, but that's about the only thing I look forward to in ep. 2. Too bad, because I was looking forward to this.

    Edit: Also, it's showing in the US at 10pm on Mondays. It's set up to fail, imo.
  • BinaryBob101 21 Jun 2011 19:32:46 22,305 posts
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    Watched this last night. WTF is Spielberg doing putting his name to this utter tripe. Noah Wyle does ok, I guess, with the dross he's given, he looks emo and longing quite a bit and the ladies will like him.

    Which kind of brings me to a point. Falling Skies is sci-fi for the thirtysomehing female demographic and that is why it totally fails.

    Beautiful tender beings.

  • Gambit1977 21 Jun 2011 19:41:21 9,583 posts
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    I'm not alone \o/
  • ronuds 21 Jun 2011 19:44:53 21,788 posts
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    Seems to be generally receiving positive reviews from critics. :/

    Although, looking at this review - the review is positive, but just about all of the comments are negative.

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  • Gambit1977 21 Jun 2011 19:50:14 9,583 posts
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    ronuds wrote:
    Seems to be generally receiving positive reviews from critics. :/

    Although, looking at this review - the review is positive, but just about all of the comments are negative.

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    American reviews...and this is the biggest piece of US fluff I've ever seen. So many cliches. So much filler. So many perfect people. So..much..,shit.

    In my opinion, FS signals the beginning of tv going backwards after a few great years.
  • ronuds 21 Jun 2011 19:53:41 21,788 posts
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    I love this quote:

    This show was painful to watch. I doubt that I will continue viewing in the future. Acting: Bad. Plot: Bad. The aliens should wipe the cast and crew out just so acting and directing this bad is removed from the universe.

    Speaking of aliens, how can they take over an entire world with targeting systems that were built by the galaxy’s lowest bidder? Are we the only species that has infrared technology?
  • Whizzo 21 Jun 2011 19:55:45 43,036 posts
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    I was a bit confused about a history professor (something we were informed of every 5 fucking minutes) describing the Battle of Stirling Bridge as being between the Scots and the British. Er ok, who wrote that crap?

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  • Gambit1977 21 Jun 2011 20:01:51 9,583 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    I was a bit confused about a history professor (something we were informed of every 5 fucking minutes) describing the Battle of Stirling Bridge as being between the Scots and the British. Er ok, who wrote that crap?
    That was terrible eh?
    And let's not forget he's a history professor specialising in war. :/
  • MattyB2007 21 Jun 2011 20:32:15 2,692 posts
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    I thought it was pretty decent sci-fi fodder. Think a few people need to lighten up a bit!

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  • Gambit1977 21 Jun 2011 20:34:06 9,583 posts
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    We need to lighten up because it was extremely poor?

    Sorry for having a differing opinion to yourself. Yours is wrong though ;)
  • ronuds 21 Jun 2011 20:57:00 21,788 posts
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    Well, hopefully it'll get better... it was only the 1st episode, afterall. I don't have very high hopes, but maybe lowered expectations are just the ticket with this series. :p

    I can't see the CGI getting any better, though, which will always tarnish things. There's nothing worse than a bunch of fake-looking garbage in the middle of what's supposed to be a "gripping" experience.
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Jun 2011 21:30:57 39,387 posts
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    Fuck this bullshit, just put a new Star Trek back on the air. NOW

    Also you will ALL every single one of you watch every single cunting episode because if it ever get's cancelled again so help me Q I will fucking skull fuck a CBS exec till he can see into the future!


    Edit: opps I seem to have blown a fuse.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Gambit1977 21 Jun 2011 21:38:41 9,583 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    Fuck this bullshit, just put a new Star Trek back on the air. NOW

    Also you will ALL every single one of you watch every single cunting episode because if it ever get's cancelled again so help me Q I will fucking skull fuck a CBS exec till he can see into the future!


    Edit: opps I seem to have blown a fuse.


    Edited by mcmonkeyplc at 21:32:53 21-06-2011
    Thing is, has the JJ movie kinda destroyed any chance of a new show?
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